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Crowdsourcing what’s next. Help me explore what will be big in 2015

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For the past several years I’ve been identifying and writing about tech trends for the coming year and considering how they will impact the work of the teacher librarian. The time has come again, but this time around I would like to crowd-source the effort.  Shannon Miller and I are pulling our own ideas together [...]

Epic! presents a gift for educators

This week Epic! offered classroom teachers and school librarians in the U.S. and Canada free, forever, single subscription access to its iPad app, an “ever-growing library of high-quality children’s books from some of the world’s best publishers.” Epic! calls itself the first “All-You-Can-Read” eBook service for kids.  It currently offers thousands of digital titles from [...]

(Rethinking) Makerspaces

Kids have always made in my library. We encouraged digital and visual and dramatic and rhetorical creativity before, during, and after school.  But for a while, I’ve questioned the value of using already heavily used real estate to randomly carve out space for a 3D printer, electronics stations and sewing machines. I had my doubts [...]

Eyes Wide Open: A proof of concept for sustaining the conversation around books

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What if a book continued to resonate for its readers in a tangible way long after the pages were closed? What if books inspired, not just individual–but collective and collaborative response, creative expression, participation, action? What if communities formed around books? What if an author’s webspace inspired true dialogue and interaction? And how can librarians, [...]

Getting intimate with primary sources: A new seres of iBooks from the LOC

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If you love or teach with primary sources, and if you’ve got a few iPads around the classroom, you’re going to be pretty happy. The Library of Congress announced and launched the first titles in its series of free Student Discovery Sets. The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and [...]

Connected Librarian Day! (Updated!)

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I am thrilled to be keynoting at Library 2.014 this year (October 8-9).  I’ll be talking about the importance of building social capital in our profession. I am doubly thrilled to be organizing our second Connected Librarian Day, as a pre-conference on Tuesday, October 7th.  (Please help spread the word by sharing our flyer!) Sponsored [...]

No sports at Newsela, but . . .

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I first wrote about Newsela nearly a year ago (Newsela: Making News Accessible for Learners).  Across the curriculum, my teachers and students loved it. This morning, founder and CEO Matthew Gross, shared the announcement of the expansion of the news platform that engages readers in news at their own level, with launch of the Newsela Sports [...]

Yale Photogrammar revitalizes and adds new context to the FSA-OWI images

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Last week I was so excited to discover the Internet Archive Book Images project.  Yesterday (also via @infodocket) I discovered Photogrammar– a digital humanities project from Yale University. Exploiting Library of Congress metadata, the Photogrammar team created a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the [...]

Forms gets so much prettier!

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If you’re a devoted Google Forms lover, take a new look. You’ll be excited and you’ll likely just want to create many more surveys and polls! Earlier this week the Google Drive Blog announced that, in response to user requests, they’ve added the ability to add your own personal touch to forms through custom themes.  [...]

Limitless Libraries: the value of rethinking, the power of community

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I recently spent a full day presenting workshops for the Nashville school librarians with my buddy Shannon Miller. I expected to fall in love with the city.  But I fell in love with it for an unexpected reason. Nashville is a city that truly loves its libraries. And that love has a lot to do [...]